ADDIS ABEBA – The Ministry of Health has confirmed today a new coronavirus (COVID19) case after testing 164 samples over the past 24 hours.
The latest case has taken the COVID19 case tally in Ethiopia to 44.
The ministry described the new case as a 65-year-old woman who resides in Dukem town of Oromia regional state. The patient has no travel history abroad, the ministry added.
The country has reported the first two coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday while four patients have recovered fully.
Authorities have continued to introduce more actions to contain the spread of the virus with the latest move being a temporary relocation of Addis Ababa’s fruit and vegetable market, Atikilit Tera, to an open space in Jan Meda.
The relocation, which starts on April 7, will be implemented with “strict discipline,” Addis Ababa city mayor Takele Uma said.
Ethiopia confirmed its first case on 12 March. It has since closed all land borders, ordered most government employees to work from home and released about 4,000 prisoners as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus.